HQ Studio Educators Featured in American Patchwork and Quilting (Again)

Once again we are pleased to share with you the quilting done by HQ studio educators Vicki Hoth and Marie Eldredge. Their work was featured in the April 2014 issue of American Patchwork and Quilting magazine, for the color option of the Swirls and Whirls quilt designed by Sherri McConnell.

Here’s Sherri’s quilt:

swirls whirls

And here’s the color option made by Laura Boehnke:

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Here’s Vicki carefully doing the ruler work to create the concentric lines behind the pinwheels.


Then she used a digitized Greek key design in the pieced borders using HQ Pro-Stitcher.


And finally had Pro-Stitcher quilt a chevron design in the borders.


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HQ Studio Educator’s Quilting Featured in Feb. 2014 American Patchwork and Quilting

Once again the HQ Studio Educators have outdone themselves. They quilted the alternate version of Brigitte Heitland’s quilt, named Ring Around. Brigitte’s version highlighted her Zen Chic fabric, Barcelona.

ring around 2 The alternate version, made smaller than the original, features two Benartex fabrics — Urban Oasis by Kitty Yoshida and the Blush collection.

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We love how the plaid-style quilting behind the appliquéd circles contrasts straight lines with the curved appliqué.


The circles themselves are enhanced with ribbon quilting, feathers, and arcs and lines that compliment the appliqué. (Sorry for the errant thread in the photo.)


And here’s Vicki free-motion quilting the figure-eights around the circles in the border. That really makes the circles pop in the finished quilt.



And here’s a look at the back of the quilt. Looks like even magazines need to get creative with their quilt backing and make do now and then.


Read more at the American Patchwork & Quilting website.




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Handi Quilter’s Academy: Teacher Spotlight on Helen Godden

We are so pleased to have Helen Godden, award-winning free-motion art quilter from Australia as one of our teachers at the 2014 Handi Quilter’s Academy. She will also be our keynote speaker for our banquet on Friday night.

Helen@Houston portrait

In only 10 years of quilting, Helen has won 11 awards at Houston International Quilt Festival, including the inaugural A World of Beauty and Master of Innovative Artistry. Helen has also won international awards in Japan and UK for her unique approach to machine quilting and is a four-time winner of Best of State in Australia.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAMother Earth, 2008 2nd place winner A World of Beauty

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAScreeching Cockatoo, 2008 1st place winner A World of Beauty

Helen is a very popular teacher and uses humor a relaxed style to encourage all students. In her work, Helen is focused on color, design, and the story the piece tells, and uses her drawing and free-motion skills to quilt award-winning works of art. Helen’s work is predominately pictorial, with strong design and exciting play with color. Helen literally draws with her quilting machine.

Helen also incorporates humor into her work and often has an Aussie touch. Combining her teaching degree and her art experience, Helen teaches from a slightly different angle and enjoys helping even the most traditional of machine sewers to find new direction in free-motion machine quilting and opening up new avenues for their creative potential.

Helen won awards for quilts at this year’s International Quilt Festival — each quilted on her HQ Sweet Sixteen.

GODDEN_Tall Poppies_FULLCutting Down the Tall Poppies, winner Festival Gallery of Art Quilts (2013)

 Helen birds

Zen Magpies, honorable mention 2013 A World of Beauty

 Helen will be teaching two classes at Handi Quilter’s Academy, each taught twice — once as a hands-on class and once as a lecture demo.

Her first class is Rev Up the HQ Sweet Sixteen with an Aussie.

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Here’s how Helen describes this class: In this class you’ll quilt at full throttle and hit maximum overdrive as you put the Grand Prix of quilting machines through its paces. No time for a pit stop in this 2-hour advanced class as you learn new quilting styles from the maverick of free-motion machine quilting from Down Under. This class will be a full tank of fun and learning, and laughter is guaranteed.

Helen’s other class is based on her popular Liberation from the Ditch video. Watch how she describes her Liberation from the Ditch approach to free-motion quilting.

Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from one of the best!

The 2014 Handi Quilter’s Academy takes place May 28 through 31, 2014 at the Snowbird Resort in the breathtaking setting of the Utah mountains. Find out more about Handi Quilter’s Academy on the Handi Quilter website.

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